O'Neill Foundation Grant Will Keep on Giving


Recent support from the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation will greatly enhance the ability of the Case Western Reserve University Great Lakes Energy Institute to secure significant funding for research, economic development, and education that focuses on the generation, storage, and distribution of sustainable energy.

The $25,000 capacity-building grant will help fund the establishment of a proposal developer who will be charged with improving the energy institute's ability to compete and win support for research and programs that advance the mission and vision of the energy institute—a multi-disciplinary center led by researchers at the Case School of Engineering.

"This grant from the O'Neill Foundation will significantly help us to both increase research dollars and make available the time and resources necessary to amplify our research activities and contend with the energy challenges of today," said Iwan D. Alexander, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and faculty director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute. Read more.

Campus News

Due to the prospect of inclement weather, the date that the Spartan baseball team will host the College of Wooster has been moved from April 14 to Thursday, April 16, at Progressive Field. Two shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes, leaving from behind Thwing Center (Bellflower Road, behind Turning Point Sculpture) to head down beginning at 11 a.m. The last bus will leave Progressive Field at 4 p.m. Print a ticket to the game.


"Case Women for Healthy Hearts" will be part of this year's Relay For Life event. The program will include free cardiovascular screenings from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, April 17, on the track, sponsored by the local American Heart Association, the University Hospitals Heart and Vascular Center, and other community partners.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites nominations for the 2009 Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award, presented to an individual with an outstanding record of leadership, and the 2009 Organization Innovation Award, presented to an organization with an outstanding record of innovation. Community members familiar with the work of an outstanding nonprofit leader or organization in Northeast Ohio are encouraged to submit a nomination. Nomination forms and detailed guidelines for both awards are available on the Mandel Center Web site. All nominations must be received by noon, Friday, May 1.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is offering two International Study/Travel three-credit hour courses to El Salvador and Bangladesh during winter break 2009. Courses have been approved as Global and Cultural Diversity electives. The programs are open to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, alumni and friends. Contact Deborah Jacobson at 368-6014 for more information or drop in during one of the following information sessions: through 6 p.m. today; 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 14; and 1 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 15. All sessions will be held at the Mandel School, Room 108.


Clarification of April 10 item: Albert Waldo received the first ever Distinguished Scientist (Translational Domain) Award from the American College of Cardiology last month in recognition of his major contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge. He has been a major leader in the field of cardiac electrophysiology, and he helped develop the clinical field. Waldo is the Walter H. Pritchard Professor of Cardiology, professor of medicine and professor of biomedical engineering at the School of Medicine.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center on Aging and Health and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing are co-sponsoring the 18th Annual Florence Cellar Conference: Intergenerational Family Caregiving: Self Management in Caring for Each Other on Thursday, April 23, at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. This conference will gather scholars and practitioners in the community to examine various concepts and activities that will foster and promote support and services to caregiving families. Note: The University Center on Aging and Health is offering a special rate of $125 for faculty and staff to attend. If more than one faculty member comes from a respective department, each can come for $100. Contact Pamela Collins at 368-2692 for more information.

An e-mail reminder about the COACHE Tenure-Track Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey will be sent this week to a sample of pre-tenure faculty. The confidential survey is being conducted by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and deals with experiences and quality of life as an early-career faculty member. Questions can be directed to Lynn Singer via e-mail or by phone at 368-4389.

For Students


Case Western Reserve University is moving all students to the new Case Google Apps Mail (webmail.case.edu). All students should move their own accounts before Monday, May 18. After that date, Information Technology Services will move the remaining accounts to Google Apps Mail. Go online for more information.

The Entrepreneurship Education Consortium will host its second annual Entrepreneurship Immersion for Undergraduates, an intensive, one week academic experience, August 9-14. Students will attend two academic sessions per day on topics such as developing a business idea and exploring innovation and creativity, as well as various networking opportunities and presentations by prominent entrepreneurs. Additionally, students will team together to create a business concept. Students in any school or major entering their junior or senior year can apply. The Immersion Experience is free for selected students. To be considered for selection to the Case Western Reserve team, go online. Applications can be submitted via e-mail to Professor Scott Fine by Friday, April 24.


As part of the Wain Journalism Series, Suzanne Braun Levine, author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood, will speak at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, in Clark Hall 309. She will speak on the topic of "How the Woman's Movement has Re-framed the American Narrative." Levine was the founding editor of Ms. magazine and editor of The Columbia Journalism Review. In addition, she produced the Peabody-Award-winning documentary, She's Nobody's Baby: A History of Women in the Twentieth Century. Learn more.


"If I Am for Myself Alone: Gender Transition and the Ethics of Becoming Ourselves," a talk featuring Joy Ladin of Yeshiva University, will take place at 7 p.m. tonight at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. This talk will draw from Ladin's experience of gender-transition to consider the ethical consequences of being true to ourselves. Free. Ladin also will read some of her poetry and memoir, and will conduct a workshop on identity construction and deconstruction through language, at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 14. Contact Shira Schwartz for information.

Graduating students in the Master of Public Health program (MPH) will present their Capstone work during the Innovations in Population Health: Research, Programs, and Policy Conference through 5 p.m. today (Wolstein Auditorium) and April 14 (Biomedical Research Building Auditorium). This conference highlights the diverse expertise of MPH students and their distinct contributions to population health. The conference will feature several keynote speakers.

The School of Law's Center for Business Law and Regulation will present the George A. Leet Business Law Symposium from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 17, in the Moot Courtroom (A59). The topic is "Institutional Investors in Corporate Governance: Heroes or Villians?" Professors George Dent and Simon Peck of Case Western Reserve are two of the commentators. Free, open to the public. Registration is required by Thursday, April 16.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Data Center Renovations

The final phases of the data center renovation project involve moving individual data servers, which may result in periodic planned outages for some information technology services. Server and application administrators will alert affected users.

Crawford Server Moves will begin Monday, April 13:

  • ftp.cwru.edu may be slow
  • DHCP for phones, no addresses issued to new phones or phone restarts
  • SASS Application unable to be downloaded from SoftwareCenter.case.edu
  • No new IP address leases to wireless network, but active connections will remain

Begin Crawford SAN moves Wednesday, April 15:

  • CFD SAN Switches moved one at a time to prevent outages

Relocate SAN Cabinets Saturday, April 18:

  • Backup Storage Area Network off-line (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • PeopleSoft SIS will be affected
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

April 13, 2009

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Case in the News

Cuyahoga River fire galvanized clean water and the environment as a public issue

The Plain Dealer, April 12, 2009
Environmentalists observing 2009 as "The Year of the River" are celebrating the remarkable return to health of the Cuyahoga River over the last four decades. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments. Adler is an expert in environmental law. Related article.

War crimes trials

C-SPAN, April 11, 2009
C-SPAN recently broadcast a panel discussion of Enemy of the State and its relevance to the upcoming trials of Radovan Karadzic in The Hague and the Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia. The discussion featured co-authors Michael Scharf and Mike Newton, along with others. Scharf is professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Cultures clash in village in India

Akron Beacon Journal, April 12, 2009
The Akron Beacon Journal reviews The Weight of Heaven, written by Thrity Umrigar, a former Beacon Journal reporter who is an associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.

Curtain calls for Cleveland Play House's move to the city's theater district—editorial

The Plain Dealer, April 13, 2009
The editorial staff writes that plans to move the Cleveland Play House to PlayhouseSquare has several positives. The Play House would maintain its link with Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Stimulus spurs campus building

Inside Higher E, April 13, 2009
Little by little, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is having an effect on college campuses. While the biggest ticket items, such as tens of billions in research and state stabilization dollars, are not yet flowing in any meaningful way, colleges have begun to take advantage of separate provisions in the new law designed to make it easier for them to borrow money to finance capital projects.